El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines on Friday and despite the distance, the Filipino community in El Paso quickly felt the impact.
A local church has already begun collecting donations for those victims overseas.
The "Heart for the World Fil-am Church" in far east El Paso is collecting non-perishable items and cash donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The church says they've been in touch with loved ones overseas who say the damage to homes, streets, and other property is devastating, and that water levels are as high as 10 feet.
Heart for the World Fil-am Church says even though the Philippines is so far away, tragedy could hit anyone of one of us at any time so it's important to pitch in.
"It goes back to the whole helping others the way you want to be helped, the way you want to be treated. It goes back to even that. We don't want to be the kind of country or the kind of culture or religion, denominations to be known for selfishness, thinking about ourselves. We want to go out there and let everybody know, whether they're Filipino or not, that we want to help everyone," said Jezreel Lasala, a church volunteer.
If you'd like to donate to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, you can drop off non-perishable items or cash at the church on 3620 Wooster Lane or at Maharlika Convenience store on 1580 George Dieter.
For more information, you can contact Heart for the World Fil-am Church at (915) 539-3549 or (915) 539-3517, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org